JONATHAN CHERRY: What did you have for breakfast this morning?
AGATHA A NITECKA: I usually skip breakfast. You got lucky today. This morning I had coffee, goats milk yogurt, fresh passion fruit & 3 madeleines. Very nice? I know!
JC: Are there any emerging photographers inspiring you at the moment?
AN: I have to admit that I’ve never really got too inspired by looking at someone else’s work. I do find other photographers work interesting of course. After some research I would say that at the moment my favourites are Thomas Albdorf and Fabien Seguin.
I’ve noticed that photographers from Russia often catch my attention, have a look at Tata Vislevskaya's work, and Egor Rogalev's especially his newest project - Fearing the 2014 Olympics. Then there is the intimacy and sun on the skin, from Spain: Carles Rodrigo and Natalia Herrero. Babette de Jong has a great eye too, she seems close to her subjects, yet she manages to maintain a certain dose of abstraction in her images.
JC: What is your current body of work all about?
AN: I’ve turned into an obsessive story teller. I always had a hard time featuring just one picture, or putting only one the wall. I naturally think in series. I must have at least two photographs published next to each other, I don’t find single images very engaging. For that reason I love having my work featured in magazines, or books, where there is a natural flow of pages which creates a narrative. Boat Magazine featured my little photoessay recently, shot in Sarajevo. June/July issue of Oh Comely magazine has just published my favourite portrait/fashion story so far, it’s kind of a story about natural light too. I’m now publishing my own fine art newspapers, see them here. All these projects are my little stories and reflections on intimacy, however abstract it may seem at times, it’s always there, somewhere.
JC: Any exciting plans for 2011?
AN: Yes, I’d like to publish a high quality, limited edition, of à la recherche de la jouissance perdue in a form of a book, maybe accompanied by an exhibition - that’d be nice, no? I’ll be printing more volumes of the love diaries too. Then, later on this year, a film by Andrea Arnold, Wuthering Heights is going to be released. I took pictures for the poster, the DVD, and an additional photo-essay; you’ll spot some lovely images in magazines, and all the papers. I’m dying to share those pictures, the whole setting was breathtaking, and I’m sure the movie will be a great success.
JC: What initially drew you to photography?
AN: Light. There are two things I always wanted to do. Firstly, since I was 5 years old, I wanted to capture the light - I used to build these structures using chairs, tables and white semi-transparent sheets. It didn’t necessarily work, but I figured out later on that a camera could do a better job. Secondly, I wanted to have the ability to fly and chase the wind - haven’t figured that one out, yet.
JC: What one piece of advice would you give to recent photography graduates?
AN: I would put on my Winston Churchill voice and say: never give in - never, never, never, never. Listen to him saying it once, and hopefully it’ll stay with you forever.
JC: Top 3 photography blogs you would recommend?